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Nassau legislature to consider union contracts next Monday

The Nassau legislature has scheduled a special meeting April 7 to consider proposed labor pacts after Nassau police union members ratified the agreements that would lift a three-year wage freeze.

James Carver, president of Nassau's Police Benevolent Association, said members of the PBA, the Detectives Association and Superior Officers Association voted to approve each of their union's deals....

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State budget sailing through Legislature

ALBANY - The state budget bills being passed Monday were gaining overwhelming support in the Legislature, but not everyone thought it was the best path for New York in 2014-15.

Senate Democrats said they, too, want to cut taxes like the Republicans who helped craft the budget.

“However, we can’t start from the top,” said Sen. Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn). “Everyone must share in it. This...

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LI lawmakers scramble to revive school-zone speed cameras

Long Island legislators were scrambling Monday to revive a proposal to install 125 school-zone speed cameras in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and expand authorization to 140 cameras for New York City.

The main legal hold up, both parties agreed, was determining whether the state Legislature could act without a request known as a “home rule message” from the localities. They were scurrying to...

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Zove announces Assembly candidacy against Fitzpatrick

Jason Zove on Aug. 26, 2012.

(Credit: Ed Betz)

Suffolk legislative aide Jason Zove has announced his candidacy for State Assembly against Republican incumbent Michael Fitzpatrick (R-St. James).

Zove, a Commack Democrat, worked for the late Presiding Officer Bill Lindsay (D-Holbrook) beginning in 2010. He continues to work for Lindsay’s son, William Lindsay III, a Bohemia Democrat who succeeded his late father.

Zove, 26, said he is...

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Good-government groups say campaign reform ‘fatally flawed’ or ‘cynical’ ploy

ALBANY -- In an odd twist, good-government groups that have long sought public financing of campaigns to clean up government are urging a campaign finance bill be dropped or ignored.

The state budget deal being voted on Monday includes a test case for using state funds to match small campaign donations in the state comptroller’s race -- this year. Even state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli who...

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Nassau Hub developer to address LIA, take questions

Now that redevelopment of the Nassau Coliseum is largely in the hands of the Forest City Ratner Companies, the Long Island Association is hosting a discussion with executive chairman Bruce Ratner tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.

From the LIA:

“The new Nassau Coliseum will be a transformative project for our region’s economy,” said Kevin Law, President & CEO of the Long Island Association. “We...

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State budget will be passed on time, even if it’s late, Silver says

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) walks across the

(Credit: AP / Mike Groll)

ALBANY -- Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said Monday that a state budget will be adopted on time, even if it’s late.

Silver was making the case for passing some budget bills Tuesday, beyond Monday’s midnight deadline in law for the state budget to be passed.

“We’ll be here tomorrow anyway, and we will have done a timely budget,” Silver said in an interview on the Assembly floor...

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Powerful union loses bid for wage benefit guarantee in budget

As state budget negotiations closed, lawmakers rebuffed an effort by a powerful health care union in insert a salary boost for certain workers, a key lawmaker said Monday.

Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union – traditionally of New York’s biggest spending and most influential unions – had been lobbying lawmakers to include a passage in the state budget that would set a “standard...

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Legislature gavels in, begins daylong slog to beat midnight deadline

Budget documents are piled on desks in the

(Credit: Philip Kamrass )

The state Assembly gaveled into session at 9:15 a.m. to begin a daylong race to adopt a state budget – and beat the midnight deadline.

Midnight marks the beginning of the state's fiscal year and if they fail to finish on time, legislators and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo won’t be able to legitimately claim they’ve beaten the budget deadline for the fourth consecutive year. However, there will be no...

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GOP chair warns prospective Dem Senate hopeful on non-profit

Adrienne Esposito, left, hasn't announced that she's running

(Credit: Amanda Voisard, 2012)

Although environmentalist Adrienne Esposito‘s decision about running for state senate is still a week away, Suffolk Republican chairman John Jay LaValle says Esposito should step down or take a leave of absence from her nonprofit Citizens Campaign for the Environment if she runs.

He said nonprofit groups by law must be nonpolitical and Esposito could jeopardize the group’s tax exempt status...

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